Glenn Patrick scored on the first play of overtime on a 10-yard run and Fairhope rallied to upset Class 7A No. 7 Daphne 38-31 on Friday night in Fairhope.
It was the Pirates’ fourth victory in five years over Daphne, two of which have come in overtime.
“We’ve got a resilient group, and they’ve been playing really hard,” Fairhope coach Tim Carter said on Sports Talk 99.5 FM on Saturday morning. “We didn’t return a lot of player. We have a lot of inexperience. We had great leadership. I just told them to keep faith and keep battling.”
The two teams exchanged field goals early in the game before Daphne’s Ty Bradley scored the first of his two rushing touchdowns – three overall – to give the Trojans the lead. Nick Clark’s TD run made it 17-3 Daphne.
Fairhope trimmed the deficit to 17-10 at the half on Ameyr Adams 38-yard interception return.
Bradley’s second TD run, a 6-yarder, made it 24-10 Daphne early in the second half. Fairhope (2-1 overall, 1-0 7A, Region 1) answered with a 14-yard TD run by Caden Creel, ending a long, 13-play drive. Qualin McCants’ 28-yard touchdown run and the Luke Freer PAT tied the game at 24-24 with 5:34 left.
Fairhope’s Lashavion Brown intercepted Kaden Pierce five plays later to set up Patrick’s first touchdown, a 37-yarder, which gave Fairhope its first lead, 31-24 with 3:30 eft in the quarter.
But Pierce led his team back, hitting Bradley on a 39-yard TD pass to tie the game at 31-31 and send it to overtime.
Fairhope got the ball first and Patrick scored on the first play.
Daphne could not answer.
Both teams continue region play at home on Friday night. Daphne faces No. 6 Theodore and Fairhope takes on Foley.
Creel finished 7-of-8 for 86 yards. He also ran for 84 yards on nine carries. McCants rushed for 108 yards on 14 carries, while Patrick gained 101 yards on 15 carries. Ben Moseley caught one pass for 52 yards.
“I thought our ground game in the second half was the difference,” Carter said. “They couldn’t stop us from running the ball really from about the third quarter on.”
Luke Freer kicked a 48-yard field goal in the first half.
— Jonathan Thompson
Mobile Christian 34, Escambia County 0
The Mobile Christian defense set the tone early, keeping visiting Escambia County out of the end zone for a 4A Region 1 win at Harrison Stadium on Friday night.
“I think the difference in the game was the defense,” Mobile Christian coach Ronnie Cottrell said. “It’s just kind of what we needed right now after a tough loss at UMS.”
The Leopards improved to 1-1 overall, 1-0 in region play and will travel to W.S. Neal next, while the Blue Devils (0-3, 0-1) will have a bye week before going to St. Michael on Sept. 16.
“We ran the ball really well, but we’d do two things right and then make a bad mistake,” Escambia County coach Scott Mason said. “I guess with a young team you’d expect that, but somewhere down the line we have to grow up.”
Miguel Camboia, who was 8-of-10 passing for 148 yards, threw a 47-yard touchdown to a wide open Aaron Rogers, who finished with 2 receptions for 50 yards, early in the first quarter. Carter Lewis added the first of 4 PATs for a 7-0 lead.
Jayden Lawson returned a pick-6 for 54 yards for a touchdown at the 5:22 mark of the opening quarter for a 14-0 advantage.
Camboia hooked up with Ben Brewer (2 receptions, 39 yards) for a 40-yard score at the 9:52 mark of the second quarter, then Jordan Woullard scored on a 2-yard run with 2:12 left before halftime for a 27-0 lead.
Carlito Davis (7 carries, 38 yards) scored on a 3-yard run with 3:16 to go in the third quarter to bring the scoring to a close for the Leopards, who gained 14 first downs and 309 yards of total offense.
James Whatley (13 carries, 117 yards) broke a 61-yard run late in the fourth quarter, but was caught by Logan Hamilton at the 14-yard line. Four plays later, Woullard recovered a Blue Devil fumble to preserve the shutout.
— Robert Ladnier
Baldwin County 2, Blount 0
D.J. Jackson intercepted three passes as the Tigers held on for a 6A, Region 1 win.
Baldwin County improved to 2-0, 1-0 in the region. The Tigers beat Blount for the first time since 1989.
Damonti Jackson accounted for the only points of the game when he tackled a Blount runner in the end zone early in the third quarter.
Blount fell to 0-3, 0-1
The Leopards were led on defense by junior linebacker Anthony Jones, who had 14 tackles — including three for a loss — a sack and a pair of interceptions.
Davidson 30, Murphy 7
Justin Powe had 2 rushing touchdowns and Derrick Butler had a rushing TD and a receiving TD as Davidson won its first game of the year.
The Warriors improved to 1-1 overall and in Class 7A, Region 1 play. Murphy fell to 0-3, 0-2.
Robertsdale 21, Citronelle 6
UAB commit Taven Curry ran for 240 yards and 3 TDs on 28 carries for the Golden Bears (2-1, 1-0 6A, Region 1).
Dominick Settles had 10 tackles, including 2 TFL. Landon York had 8 tackles, including 2 TFL.
St. Luke’s 54, Washington County 0
B.J. Cooks scored two touchdowns — one on an interception — and threw for a third as St. Luke’s shut out Washington County.
Percy Laduna ran for two touchdowns of 26 and 20 yards, and Davarious Simmons scored on a 9-yard run. J.T. Busby also returned on an interception for a touchdown and caught Cooks’ 14-yard pass, and Jake Neutze added a 36-yard rushing touchdown.
The Wildcats (1-1) had 221 total yards on offense, while the Bulldogs (0-2) had 37.
For St. Luke’s, Tyler Bracknell had five tackles and Neutze had three. For Washington County, Jose Johnson had three tackles.
Bayside Academy 31, Excel 8
Bayside Academy improved to 3-0 with its third home victory in as many games.
QB Zach Kittrell passed for 125 yards and a TD and rushed for 68 yards and 2 TDs.
Jay Loper ran for 87 yards and a TD.
William Morrison and Tait Moore had the TD receptions.
The Admirals improved to 1-0 in 3A, Region 1 play. They travel to Hillcrest-Evergreen next week.
B.C. Rain 35, Satsuma 7
Bryce Dowdlan rushed for 190 yards and 3 TDs on 23 carries as the Red Raiders topped the Gators. Dowdlan also had 3 receptions for 53 yards and a score.
Justin Harper led the defense with 14 tackles, including 3 for a loss. Ricky Nichols also had 14 tackles.
B.C. Rain evened its overall record at 1-1 and is now 1-0 in 5A, Region 1 play.
Vigor 41, W.S. Neal 6
The Wolves moved to 3-0 overall with a road victory.
Anthony Mix Jr. threw for 156 yards and 2 TDs — one to Brennan Maye-Jordan for 33 yards and the other to Caleb Coleman for 37. Mix was 8-of-16 overall. He also rushed for 21 yards on just three carries.
Jacori Barnes rushed for 94 yards on 15 carries, while Benjamin Bennett had 82 yards on four carries.
Brandon Purifoy led the defense with nine tackles, including a pair of tackles for a loss, and a fumble recovery. JJ Lang also had nine tackles and Brandon Whitsett had eight tackles, including two for a loss.
Leroy 49, Orange Beach 29
Veteran coach Danny Powell returned to the Leroy sideline as offensive coordinator on Friday.
It looked like old times with the Bears racking up more than 500 yards of offense.
Logan Sellers completed 16-of-21 passes for 246 yards and 3 TDs. He also rushed for a score. Titus Parnell rushed for 109 yards and a TD on 15 carries.
Chris Pearson led Orange Beach (2-1) with 163 yards rushing and 3 TDs on 13 carries. Carlos Benoit had 44 yards on 13 carries. QB Cash Turner was 3-of-8 passing for 24 yards and also rushed for 38 yards on five carries.
Baker 29, Foley 28
Baker led Foley 22-7 at the half and had to hold on in the final minute.
The Lions scored to cut the lead to 29-28 late in the fourth but missed the PAT and the Hornets survived.
Jayven Williams caught a pair of TD passes — one from Landon Lary and one from Josh Flowers. Flowers also ran for a score. Jamari Hawkins also ran for a TD.
Reece Tynes had a big night for Foley, connecting on 17-of-25 passes for 243 yards and 2 TDs. He also rushed for 53 yards and a TD on six carries.
Harrison Knight had six receptions for 105 yards and a TD, while Perry Thompson had six receptions for 82 yards and a score.
Andy Quaites also scored a rushing TD.